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Attorney Annie Nicole Harb Joins Gravel & Shea

Gravel & Shea is pleased to welcome Annie Nicole Harb to the firm. She will join Gravel & Shea’s employment law practice group.

“I’m delighted and honored to start the next chapter of my career with such an accomplished firm,” Annie says. “I look forward to further developing my skills with this strong and experienced team.”

Annie graduated from Vermont Law School in 2021, with a J.D. and a Masters of Energy Regulation and Law. While at VLS, she was a member of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and the Women’s Law Group. Also, during law school, Annie served as a legal extern with the Hawaiian Electric Company and as a law clerk with Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services.

Prior to joining Gravel & Shea, Annie worked with a New Hampshire firm helping clients with employment law matters, including wrongful termination, workplace harassment, unlawful discrimination and retaliation.

“We are happy to have Annie on board,” says Gravel & Shea shareholder Michelle Farkas. “She will be a great addition to our growing employment law practice.”

Gravel & Shea is a full-service law firm in Burlington, Vermont, providing its clients legal services in a wide variety of disciplines, including commercial transactions, civil litigation, real estate, intellectual property, energy, land use and environmental regulation, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, personal injury litigation, employment law, and family law.

 

Gravel & Shea PC April 5, 2022

Attorney Jason Port Joins Gravel & Shea

Gravel & Shea is pleased to welcome Jason Port to head our tax, trust, estate and probate practice areas.

Jason brings to the firm deep and broad experience in these areas, having served in a variety of capacities, including as an attorney with a Boston area firm, a senior vice president and senior trust officer with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management and, most recently, as a Regional Fiduciary Officer at Fidelity Personal Trust Company, FSB, a part of Fidelity Investments.

As a former practice development manager for Ropes & Gray’s Private Client Group and International Practice, Jason also brings practice development and management skills to the firm.

“I’m proud and honored to join such an established firm as Gravel & Shea,” Jason says. “The talent at the firm is very impressive and I look forward to contributing to the team and helping clients with their tax, trust, estate, and probate needs.”

Jason graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 2008 and attended Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. Jason also holds series 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and is a Certified Private Wealth Advisor® designee.

“We are excited to have Jason come on board,” says Gravel & Shea shareholder Michelle Farkas. “His expertise and skills are a welcome addition and will provide us with an even deeper bench in the tax, trust and estate fields.”

Gravel & Shea is a full-service law firm in Burlington, Vermont, providing its clients legal services in a wide variety of disciplines, including commercial transactions, civil litigation, real estate, intellectual property, energy, land use and environmental regulation, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, personal injury litigation, employment law, and family law.

 

 

 

Gravel & Shea PC January 4, 2022

Attorney Petra Davenport Joins Gravel & Shea

Gravel & Shea is proud to welcome Petra Davenport to join its corporate practice group.

“I am pleased to be joining Gravel & Shea, adding depth to the corporate practice and bringing my experience working with investment advisers, broker-dealers and investment funds to the practice.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to practice with attorneys of this caliber and in the wonderful state of Vermont.”

Petra graduated from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts.  Petra has almost 20 years of experience practicing law, both as in-house counsel and as a member of a law firm, in Denver, Colorado and New York City.

“Petra brings a depth of knowledge and experience working on corporate and business matters” says Gravel & Shea Shareholder Chip Mason. “We are very excited to expand the corporate practice group expertise given Petra’s extensive work in the financial sector.”

 

Gravel & Shea is a full-service law firm in Burlington, Vermont, providing its clients legal services in a wide variety of disciplines, including commercial transactions, civil litigation, real estate, intellectual property, energy, land use and environmental regulation, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, personal injury litigation, employment law, and family law.

Gravel & Shea PC November 15, 2021

Attorney Jerry O’Neill Receives the Frank Carrington Champion of Civil Justice Award

Gravel & Shea is pleased to share that Jerry O’Neill was honored by the National Crime Victim Bar Association for his dedication and commitment to the representation of crime victims in both the criminal and civil justice system throughout his career.

Jerry received the Frank Carrington Champion of Civil Justice Award at the Association’s annual awards luncheon, held this year in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Association gives the award each year to an attorney who shares Mr. Carrington’s “commitment to victims by paving the road to justice that Frank mapped out, and upon which he labored his entire life.”   Mr. Carrington is often referred to as “the father of the crime victims’ rights movement in the United States.”

Like Mr. Carrington, Jerry has spent his entire career serving victims and in public service.  Jerry has served as a U.S. Army Officer, a law clerk to a federal judge, an Assistant U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont before he went into private practice.  Since he went into private practice, Jerry has represented countless crime victims, particularly survivors of adult sexual abuse and child sexual abuse.

The Association’s President John Leighton, Esq. presented the award to Jerry, calling him “other directed,” the “moral conscience” of any bar association of which he belongs, and “a bright light” in “dark times.”  Mr. Leighton applauded him for remaining steadfastly committed to doing what is right for his clients above all else.

Please join us in congratulating him and thanking him for his service to crime victims.

Gravel & Shea PC November 3, 2021

Attorney Zachary Dayno Joins Gravel & Shea

Gravel & Shea is proud to welcome Zachary Dayno to the litigation team.

“I am honored and excited to join Gravel & Shea, one of the preeminent law firms in New England,” says Zach.  “Gravel & Shea has a dedicated team of exceptional lawyers and staff, and I am looking forward to working with them to represent our clients.”

Zach joins Gravel & Shea after completing two judicial clerkships — for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Zach graduated summa cum laude from Vermont Law School, where he was a Staff Editor of the Vermont Law Review.

“We’re thrilled to have Zach on our team,” says Gravel & Shea Shareholder Navah Spero.  “He’s intelligent and diligent, and the experience he gained clerking for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Maine Supreme Court will be a significant asset for our clients.”

Gravel & Shea is a full-service law firm in Burlington, Vermont, providing its clients legal services in a wide variety of disciplines, including commercial transactions, civil litigation, real estate, intellectual property, energy, land use and environmental regulation, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, personal injury litigation, employment law, and family law.

Gravel & Shea PC October 12, 2021

Attorney Zachary Berger Joins Gravel & Shea

Gravel & Shea is proud to welcome Zachary Berger to the transactional team.

“I am thrilled to be joining Gravel & Shea — the depth of expertise here is impressive,” says Zach. “I value the collegiality of the team and their dedication to providing outstanding client services. I’m grateful for the opportunity to practice with attorneys of this caliber and in the wonderful state of Vermont.”

Zach graduated cum laude from Vermont Law School in 2021 with a J.D. and a Masters of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL). While there, he was a member of the Vermont Law School Energy Clinic, had externships with Green Lantern Solar and the Office of the Vermont Attorney General, and served as research assistant with the Institute for Energy and the Environment.

“Zach brings added depth to our energy, telecom and utilities group,” says Gravel & Shea Shareholder Michelle Farkas. “We’re energized by Zach’s passion for renewable energy projects, and we know our clients will be as well.”

Gravel & Shea is a full-service law firm in Burlington, Vermont, providing its clients legal services in a wide variety of disciplines, including commercial transactions, civil litigation, real estate, intellectual property, energy, land use and environmental regulation, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, personal injury litigation, employment law, and family law.

Gravel & Shea PC October 12, 2021

Gravel & Shea Shareholder Bob Hemley Celebrates 45 Years with the Firm

When Bob Hemley joined Gravel & Shea 45 years ago, he took over the practice of the firm’s sole litigator, who was leaving to become a law professor. Then Gravel Shea & Wright, the firm primarily handled commercial transactions.

Hemley was coming from three and a half years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, so he had significant criminal trial experience. Civil litigation was a different matter. “In those days I didn’t have anything independently coming to me,” he says. “I just did all of the litigation that was generated by the other lawyers at the firm.”

As Hemley gathered more experience, he began to create a name for himself.  “I tried lots of cases in Vermont,” he says. “And I had the opportunity to become pretty quickly well-established — sort of a big fish in a small pond. It took me about five years to develop a reputation that resulted in cases coming directly to me from referrals from other lawyers.”

Hemley was a hard worker and committed to success, but he had another big advantage: resources. “There were no limitations placed on me in terms of what I could do to get a case ready,” says Hemley, and it’s something he’s grateful for. “I had unconditional financial support from my partners, who without hesitation invested in what I am sure at times looked like Quixotic adventures.”

Their support was well placed. Hemley’s track record spoke for itself. “I’m pleased to have been able to help so many people, especially in cases that were regarded by my adversaries as ‘unwinnable,’” he says. In Browning-Ferris Indus. of Vermont, Inc. v. Kelco Disposal, Inc., he turned a “loser” antitrust case into what was then the largest jury verdict in the history of Vermont. In Strack, v Krag, a medical malpractice case that many thought couldn’t be won, he achieved a verdict over $1 million — in 1980. In Kenney v Thomas Electric, he was able to prove that a spark jumped 30 feet from a hanging light fixture, over a knee wall in a living room to cause a fatal fire.  The defense theory was that the fire started because an electric cord was crimped by a sofa placed at what was the indisputable origin of the fire.

Though Hemley built a reputation as one of the best plaintiff’s attorneys in Vermont, that wasn’t his only focus. “I’ve been fortunate to have helped many who were unjustly accused, including individuals, banks, and Fortune 500 companies,” he says. Along with others at Gravel & Shea, he has participated on teams that have succeeded in challenging the Constitutionality of state laws. Plus, he says, “I have been very fortunate to have represented most of the Vermont media on First Amendment matters.” In fact, he was awarded the Matthew Lyon Award by the Vermont Press Association for lifetime achievement in First Amendment work.

Plus, he had the opportunity to learn from great attorneys. “Stewart McConaughy was probably the smartest and best lawyer I’ve ever been exposed to,” says Hemley. Charlie Shea taught him what it looks like to be endlessly dedicated to your clients. Clark Gravel showed him that there’s more to legal practice than spending hours with your nose in a legal text. “He could get more done by picking up the phone than you could spending a week in the library,” says Hemley. “He was extraordinary.”

Over four decades later, it’s a word that many would use to describe Hemley. “It’s been my experience that you can have really great trial lawyers who are good appellate lawyers. You can have great appellate lawyers who are okay trial lawyers. But you seldom meet someone who excels as both a trial lawyer and an appellate lawyer,” says Bob O’Neill, a Gravel & Shea partner who retired from the firm several years ago.  “And that is, without a doubt, Bob Hemley.”

O’Neill’s first experience with Hemley was as adversaries in a hotly contested mail fraud case. O’Neill was working as a federal prosecutor. “We walked away with great respect for each other’s trial abilities and a fondness for each other that never died,” O’Neill says. On Hemley’s suggestion, he joined Gravel & Shea a few years later.

Hemley is quick to point out that his success isn’t the result of some innate talent. “I think I succeeded because I worked hard, not because I’m smarter than anyone else but because I worked harder than anyone else,” says Hemley.

“He is always the most prepared person in the room, no matter what,” says Navah Spero, a litigation partner at the firm. “He has all the trial attorney skills — he can read the courtroom, he’s quick on his feet, he’s incredibly smart. But he’s also more prepared than everyone. He’s one of the most diligent, hard working people I’ve ever worked with.”

Paralegal Liz Mench has worked with Hemley for 35 years, since she joined the firm in 1986. Working with him on countless medical malpractice cases has taught her to be a more assertive advocate for the firm’s clients. “I wouldn’t just accept it now if a witness tells me something or I get a report that doesn’t make sense. He really taught me to pursue information until you get to the bottom of it.”

After 45 years, Hemley is still one of the best trial attorneys in the state. And the one-person litigation department he started in is now nine lawyers strong. While Hemley has been enjoying a little extra leisure time outside the office— reading, playing golf, and hiking (Snake Mountain in Addison County is his current favorite), thankfully for Vermont, he’s not planning to put away his legal pad yet.

Gravel & Shea PC September 14, 2021

2 Gravel & Shea Lawyers Named 2022 Lawyer of the Year in Best Lawyers in America; 9 Lawyers Recognized

Gravel & Shea is pleased to congratulate Gravel & Shea partners Peter S. Erly and Timothy M. Eustace on their recognition as Burlington Lawyers of the Year in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Each year, Best Lawyers names one attorney per practice area in a given region Lawyer of the Year. That lawyer received the highest overall peer-reviewed feedback.

Peter Erly is the 2022 Burlington Lawyer of the Year for Mergers & Acquisitions Law.

Tim Eustace is the 2022 Burlington Lawyer of the Year for Litigation — Real Estate.

Based on nominations and an extensive peer review process, Best Lawyers creates an annual guide of extraordinary lawyers across the country.

We would also like to congratulate the following lawyers named to the 2022 The Best Lawyers in America list:

  • Peter S. Erly — Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, and Securities Regulation
  • Timothy M. Eustace — Litigation – Real Estate
  • Michelle N. Farkas — Real Estate Law
  • Heather R. Hammond — Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Robert B. Hemley — Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: General Practice, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, First Amendment Law, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • William A. Mason IV — Corporate Governance Law and Corporate Law
  • Jerome F. O’Neill — Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: General Practice, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Robert H. Rushford — Real Estate Law

Best Lawyers also recognizes lawyers who are earlier in their careers in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

Gravel & Shea congratulates Celeste E. Laramie for her inclusion as One to Watch for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.

Gravel & Shea is a full-service law firm in Burlington, Vermont, providing its clients legal services in a wide variety of disciplines, including commercial transactions, civil litigation, real estate, intellectual property, energy, land use and environmental regulation, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, personal injury litigation, employment law, and family law.

 

Gravel & Shea PC September 14, 2021

Gravel & Shea Recognized in Chambers and Partners USA and High Net Worth Guides

Gravel & Shea is proud to congratulate 10 attorneys recognized in Chambers & Partners USA Guide 2021 and Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Guide 2021.

Chambers and Partners is an independent research company that ranks lawyers and law firms across 200 jurisdictions nationwide. Their rankings are based on technical legal ability, client service, depth of team, commercial vision and business understanding, diligence, and value for money.

Chambers and Partners guides recognize both departments or practice areas as a whole and individual attorneys.

Gravel & Shea’s Private Wealth Law practice is recognized in Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide 2021. Gravel & Shea’s Corporate/Commercial, Litigation: General Commercial, and Real Estate practices are recognized in Chambers and Partners USA Guide 2021.

10 individual Gravel & Shea attorneys are recognized for legal excellence:

Jeanne C. Blackmore – Private Wealth Law

Matthew B. Byrne – Litigation: General Commercial

Livia K. DeMarchis – Private Wealth Law

Peter S. Erly – Corporate/Commercial

Timothy M. Eustace – Real Estate, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

Michelle N. Farkas – Real Estate

Heather Rider Hammond – Labor & Employment

Robert B. Hemley – Litigation: General Commercial

William A. Mason, IV – Corporate/Commercial

Robert H. Rushford – Real Estate

Gravel & Shea is a full-service law firm in Burlington, Vermont, providing its clients legal services in a wide variety of disciplines, including commercial transactions, civil litigation, real estate, intellectual property, energy, land use and environmental regulation, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, personal injury litigation, employment law, and family law.

 

Gravel & Shea PC June 8, 2021

9 Gravel & Shea Lawyers Recognized in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

Gravel & Shea is pleased to congratulate nine Gravel & Shea attorneys on their inclusion in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Founded in 1981, Best Lawyers began as a way to “highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of those in the legal profession,” says CEO Philip Greer.

Best Lawyers published their first guide in 1983. More than three decades letter, the guide has become recognized as one of the country’s most reliable, unbiased sources of legal referrals.

The Best Lawyers in America list divides lawyers by geographic region and practice area. They use a peer review process and authenticate all lawyers to ensure they are in current practice and in good standing.

We would like to congratulate the following lawyers named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America list:

  • Peter S. Erly — Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, and Securities Regulation
  • Timothy M. Eustace — Litigation – Real Estate
  • Michelle N. Farkas — Real Estate Law
  • Heather R. Hammond — Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Robert B. Hemley — Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: General Practice, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, First Amendment Law, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • William A. Mason IV — Corporate Governance Law and Corporate Law
  • Jerome F. O’Neill — Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: General Practice, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Robert H. Rushford — Real Estate Law

Best Lawyers also recognizes associates and other lawyers who are earlier in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.

Lawyers recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch undergo a similar peer review and authentication process.

Gravel & Shea congratulates Celeste E. Laramie for her inclusion as One to Watch for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.

Gravel & Shea is a full-service law firm in Burlington, Vermont, providing its clients legal services in a wide variety of disciplines, including commercial transactions, civil litigation, real estate, intellectual property, energy, land use and environmental regulation, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, personal injury litigation, employment law, and family law.

 

 

Gravel & Shea PC May 17, 2021